With all the buzz being generated about the Summer Start program, there are several frequently asked questions. We wanted to put this list together to help you learn more. Additionally, if you have any questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact us via e-mail at new-students@ncsu.edu.


Applications are due by Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. While this date is listed as a deadline, please remember Summer Start program enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When is Summer Start?

Summer Start takes place during the summer session II at NC State. In 2018, the program will run from Wednesday, June 20 (Move-In) to Wednesday, August 1 (Move-Out).

Please reference the NC State Academic Calendar for important dates related to summer classes. Outside of class, there are several required events for students. Click here for a list of important program dates. If you will miss more than 3 days due to outside commitments, we recommend speaking with us before submitting an application as this could have a significant impact on your ability to participate.


NC State requires all first-year students to live in University Housing, and as such, all first-year students participating in Summer Start are required to live on-campus during the summer as well.  To learn more about NC State’s first year live-on requirement and possible exemptions, please click here.

Summer Start on-campus housing will be in the heart of campus in Tucker Hall.  Mark your calendar for Summer Start housing Move-In on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm! More information about Move-In will come in late-May.

Note: The application for summer housing will be separate from your fall semester housing request. The housing application for Summer Start will be available via MyPack Portal in May 2018.

To learn more about housing during Summer Start, visit University Housing’s specific Summer Start page!


There are a couple of dining options for Summer Start students depending on your needs. For more information about these options, visit the Summer Start Expenses page or University Dining website.


Summer Start expenses are comprised of tuition/fees, housing, dining, books, and any personal expenses.  There is not an added fee associated with participating in Summer Start.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid may be available to assist with Summer Start expenses including tuition, dining, and housing. If you are interested in being considered for financial assistance through our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online.  The priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is March 1.

Award packages will be available in May 2018 for those students interested in receiving financial aid for Summer Start.  Learn more about financial aid at NC State here.

Math Placement

We strongly encourage each applicant to take the online math skills test as soon as possible. If you qualify for upper level mathematics, we will speak to you about the options before you are registered for courses.  Completing any placement tests necessary for your major or college will assist your academic advisor in recommending courses for your summer schedule.

Chemistry Placement

Each student will need to take the online chemistry skills test if you plan to take chemistry over the summer. If you qualify for upper level Chemistry, we will speak to you about the options before you are registered for courses.  Completing any placement tests necessary for your major or college will assist your academic advisor in recommending courses for your summer schedule.

Registration for Summer Classes

The Summer Start staff collaborates with the student’s academic advisor to develop the student’s course schedule for summer session II.  After reviewing the student’s input about their course preferences on their Summer Start Application, we will confirm the course selections with the student’s academic advisor and register the student for courses.  Students will receive an email confirming their course enrollment.

Please make sure to complete any placement tests required for your major or college.  This will help your academic advisor recommend courses for your summer schedule.

You will receive your fall 2018 course schedule at New Student Orientation (first week of Summer Start).

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation works closely with Summer Start to ensure students are amply oriented to campus before you start taking classes. New Student Orientation for Summer Start students and families will take place prior to the first day of summer classes and replaces the college-specific orientation session. When students are confirmed to participate in the Summer Start program, they will be registered for this orientation session. If family members would like to attend, a separate registration will be required. For more information, please visit the New Student Orientation website.

First-Year Orientation Date: Thursday, June 21 & Friday, June 22, 2018

Transfer Orientation Date: Friday, June 22, 2018